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Call for Papers: Masculinities and Queer Perspectives in Transitional Justice
insights also intend to investigate the multiple possibilities of the intersections between gender, sexualities, vulnerabilities and power, which often lie at the core of post-conflict processes of dealing with the past. Queer perspectives also aim to envision and to sharpen our imagination for possible alternatives to dominant – often institutionalized, (neo-)liberal and hetero-patriarchal – TJ toolkit approaches.
We therefore seek to critically explore and position these masculinities and queer perspectives within feminist inquiries regarding the roles of gender in social, cultural and political structuring more widely. Rather than only making men and sexual minorities visible in transitional settings, we instead seek to explore structural issues regarding the persisting exclusion and potential inclusion of masculinities and queer analyses. As per this approach, our intention for this edited volume is underpinned by and geared towards a relational understanding of gender. Topics to be explored and questions to be raised and answered include, but may not be limited to:
- How can masculinities and queer perspectives enhance and complexify our understandings of the intersections between gender, armed conflict and post-conflict transitions?
- What are the lived realities of men and of sexual and gender minorities in post-conflict and transitional spaces, and how can (or cannot) diverse transitional justice mechanisms engage with and respond to these experiences?
- How do identities defined by inter alia gender, sexualities, class and ethnicity intersect, and how do these intersections shape individuals’ post-war experiences?
- What are potential challenges associated with bringing more attention towards men’s gendered experiences in transitional settings?
We welcome chapter submissions which seek to address and uncover these and multiple associated questions in a variety of different post-conflict and transitional case study contexts, as well as from diverse disciplinary, theoretical and methodological backgrounds. In the edited volume, we thus aim to combine contributions that address diverse geo-political regions, from across different historical episodes and that touch upon different conflict dynamics, to illustrate the diversity of transitional and post-conflict contexts where masculinities and/or queer perspectives offer new insights into understanding, disrupting and/or complexifying these processes.
We intend to submit the edited volume to the Series on Transitional Justice published by Intersentia; we are in touch with the editors of the book series, who have indicated their interest and commitment in working with us on such an edited volume. We also intend to organize a one-day workshop for contributors to the edited volume, tentatively scheduled for March 2020, either in Antwerp, Belgium or alternatively in Bremen, Germany. At the workshop, authors will present and receive detailed feedback on their draft Chapters, before preparing the manuscripts for final submission to the editors/publisher. The workshop thereby aims to ensure internal coherence between the Chapters included in the book.
If you are interested in contributing a Chapter for this edited volume, please send a brief abstract (of 200-250 words), accompanied by a short bio (100 words) to Philipp Schulz, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), University of Bremen:, by 15 September 2019.
The tentative timeline looks as follows:
15 September 2019: CfP deadline for chapter abstracts
1 October 2019: Notification of selected chapters
1 March 2020: Deadline for first draft chapters (to be presented at one-day workshop)
March 2020: One-day book workshop
June 2020: Final chapters to be submitted to edited volume editors
August 2020: Final manuscript to be submitted to the book series editors / publishers

InIIS-Newsletter No. 10 is online

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Dr. Ingo TakeDr. Ingo Take
Ingo Take examines sources of legitimacy in the Global South

Dr. habil. Ingo Take has been a private lecturer at the University of Bremen since 2013. He was previously employed at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences and taught as deputy professor at the Universities of Greifswald, Darmstadt, Göttingen and Münster. He received his doctorate in 2002 from the TU Darmstadt on the strategic behaviour of NGOs. In 2010 he habilitated at the University of Greifswald with a comparative thesis on international, transnational and private governance in the fields of environment, social affairs and internet regulation.

Over the next three years, he will conduct research on the context-specific sources of legitimacy of regional organisations in the global South and their impact as part of his DFG project Sources of legitimacy of regional governance in the global South. The analysis of three regional organisations (AU, ASEAN, Arab League) from different socio-cultural contexts is intended firstly to show the diversity of sources of legitimacy beyond the OECD world, secondly to examine their impact with regard to the acceptance of these organisations by different addressees and thirdly to obtain indications of reform options for these regional organisations as well as for the global order as a whole.


Poster for the lecture and workshop with Shalini RanderiaPoster for the lecture and workshop with Shalini Randeria
Public Lecture and Workshop with Shalini Randeria on 02./03. July

Public lecture with workshop

Download the programme and the poster (PDF).

Lecture by Shalini Randeria | Vienna, Geneva, Bremen
Demographic Panics and the Violence of Soft Authoritarianism
with Michael Flitner and Klaus Schlichte | Bremen
02.07.19 | Tuesday | 18:00 - 20:00 | Rotunda (Cartesium), Uni Bremen

Workshop with Shalini Randeria and Ranabir Samaddar | Calcutta Research Group
Soft Authoritarianism, Primitive Accumulation and the Law
Moderator: Martin Nonhoff | Bremen
03.07.19 | Wednesday | 10:30 - 14:30 |UNICOM 7.2210 (InIIS, Mary-Somerville-Straße 7, Haus Wien)
Please register for the workshop at .

Both events will be held in English.

The lecture will address the politics of demographic panics which we are currently observing across the globe and which are entangled with geo-political interests and the increasing strength of ethno-national identities. Imaginations of the purity of the nation coupled with perceptions of differential fertility rates fuel pro-natalist discourses and policies especially in Eastern Europe, which is also witnessing a strong antifeminist backlash. The same mix of factors, however, lead to selective anti-natalism for the poor and for religious minorities in India, for example, where a model of economic development based on neo-Malthusian premises continues to animate a state-driven population control program. The links between soft authoritarianism and the demographic imagination in different regions of the world will be explored to delineate the intimate ties between body politics and the body politic. Contemporary dynamics of the governance of reproduction in a world imagined as simultaneously under-populated and over-populated will be considered against the background of the global history of (post)-colonial population control.

Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (IHED) in Geneva, was nominated Excellence Chair of the University of Bremen in January 2019. She is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology teaching at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. In Bremen, Shalini Randeria is setting up an interdisciplinary research group as part of the collaborative initiative "Worlds of Contradiction" (WoC) dedicated to exploring and analysing the current developments of “Soft Authoritarianism”.

Anyone is cordially invited to the workshop on the following day, especially young scientists (MA, PhD and Postdoc).

Reading for preparation:

Randeria, Shalini. (2007). “The State of Globalization: Legal Plurality, Overlapping Sovereignties and Ambiguous Alliances between Civil Society and the Cunning State in India”. Theory, Culture & Society 24
(1): 1–33.
In deutscher Fassung: Randeria, Shalini. (2006). „Rechtspluralismus und überlappende Souveränitäten: Globalisierung und der »listige Staat« in Indien“, Soziale Welt 57: 229-258

The public lecture and the workshop are organized by WoC together with the InIS and the Institute for Ethnology and Cultural Studies of the University of Bremen.
Both events are part of the Bremer Colloquium for Political Theory.


Poster: Political Consultation HoursPoster: Political Consultation Hours
Ask your questions to Dr. Roy Karadag

(c) Harald Rehling / Universität BremenThe office hours are offered by Roy Karadag. You can come as an individual or in small groups.
The consultation hour is aimed at all interested citizens. No prior knowledge is required.

The consultation takes place in the InIIS at the University of Bremen (Mary-Somerville-Str. 7).

Appointments can be made by e-mail or telephone:
Tel. 218 - 67468

Even though the managing director is on parental leave until April 2020, the Political Consultation Hour will continue to take place.

You can find a portrait of Roy Karadags on the page of the University of Bremen.